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I've dabbled with Arch since version 0.7 and did manage to successfully get it installed and up and running on my old laptop.
However, I recently attempted to install and use version 0.8 on my newer laptop and it was a totally different kettle of fish. I had the Arch Wiki open for hours after I'd installed it (incidentally I find the installation process quick and simple) searching for what packages to install for my hardware and how to configure them. Even then I couldn't get X up and running with the Intel i810 driver.
I would love to say I was running it now but in the end I had to give up...perhaps only until some bright spark writes an Arch Linux/Dell Laitude D620 HOWTO. ;-)
That said, I did enjoy using 0.7 and I can honestly say I also found it responsive. It's certainly one of my favourite distros and deserves plenty of credit for being different.
PS - If anyone has a URL for alternative Arch ISOs for me to try out then please post them. Cheers! Edited 2007-01-08 20:54
For now, 0.8 is alpha software, so that may have something to do with your problems. I haven't had a chance to try 0.8 yet, though. Maybe stick with 0.7 for now?